Last updated on: 1/21/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Justin Trudeau Biography

Title:
23rd Prime Minister of Canada
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Look, our approach on legalizing marijuana is not about creating a boutique industry or bringing in tax revenue, it’s based on two very simple principles:

The first one is, young people have easier access to cannabis now… And whatever you might think or studies seen about cannabis being less harmful than alcohol or even cigarettes, the fact is it is bad for the developing brain and we need to make sure that it’s harder for underage Canadians to access marijuana. And that will happen under a controlled and regulated regime.

The other piece of it is there are billions upon billions of dollars flowing into the pockets of organized crime, street gangs and gun-runners, because of the illicit marijuana trade, and if we can get that out of the criminal elements and into a more regulated fashion we will reduce the amount of criminal activity that’s profiting from those, and that has offshoots into so many other criminal activities.

I have no doubt that Canadians and entrepreneurs will be tremendously innovative in finding ways to create positive economic benefits from the legalization and control of marijuana, but our focus is on protecting kids and protecting our streets.”

Christopher Ingraham, “Justin Trudeau May Have Made the Best Case for Legal Pot Ever,” washingtonpost.com, June 10, 2016

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to marijuana or drug policy. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to drug, crime, or public health issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Prime Minister of Canada, 2015-present
  • Leader, Canadian Liberal Party, 2013-2015
  • Canadian Parliament Member, 2008-2015
  • Chair, Task Force on Youth Renewal, Canadian Liberal Party, 2006
  • Former Board Member, Canadian Avalanche Foundation
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Katimavik (a national youth organization), 2002-2006
  • Former Spokesman, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
  • Former elementary school math teacher, Vancouver, Canada
  • Former high school French teacher, Vancouver, Canada
  • Former radio host
  • Former snowboard instructor
  • Former nightclub bouncer
Education:
  • BEd, Education, University of British Columbia, 1998
  • BA, Literature, McGill University, 1994
Contact Info:
Phone
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Email
Online Contact Form
Website
Government profile
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @JustinTrudeau
  • He married Sophie Grégoire in 2005. They have three children: Xavier, Ella-Grace, and Hadrien
  • His father, Pierre Trudeau, was a former Canadian Prime Minister
  • Born on Dec. 25, 1971 in Ottawa, Canada
  • Appeared as soldier Talbot Papineau in the TV movie The Great War, 2007
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?